Snapshot – Everything around Dr. Vijay Mallya seems to be collapsing. His liquor business has been taken over by Diageo and his airplane fleet has been grounded. Dr. Mallya now finds himself out of the company he inherited from his father, and grew many fold. The man’s 500 million dollar payout for UB is also in trouble. Yet, the only thing that still remains stable around the business tycoon is his first love – cars. The liquor baron still retains his car fleet, museums and all. The Force India F1 team is going strong with him at the helm as Team Principal. Today, we take a look at a few cars from India’s foremost car collector, and whose eclectic fleet has no rival in the country.
Rolls Royce Ghost
Big business rollers, royalty and political big wigs find the back seats of luxury saloons built by Rolls Royce as a natural fit. Vijay Mallya is one of them, and the man uses a Rolls Royce Ghost as his daily driver. From race course visits to social dos, this Rolls Royce has seen it all.
When Dr. Mallya is in the mood to drive by himself, the Maserati Quattroporte comes out of the garage. Arguably one of the best looking cars on the planet, the Quattroporte is what connects Dr. Mallya with another industry captain, in this case Ratan N. Tata.
W220 Mercedes Benz S-Class
Driving to Parliament Street in a Maserati or being driven into the upper house of the country in a Rolls Royce isn’t the most political thing to do. So, out come the W220 Mercedes Benz S-Class, which on Delhi streets will be inconspicuous enough.
Did you know that Dr. Vijay Mallya actually has a 30 car museum in the Californian city of Sausalito? Here are seven impeccable cars from his collection, many of them that are regularly driven in vintage car rallies around the globe.